Fashion comes and goes. Skirt lengths vary from season to season, but quality, designer pieces are an art form that never truly go out of style. Vintage finds can be wearable, fashionable and even inspirational if you know where to go for the best frocks and baubles. Attending a well curated event is key to finding amazing designer apparel, shoes and accessories that won’t have you looking like a Halloween costume. Last Sunday, I checked out A Current Affair, a pop-up vintage marketplace held several times throughout the year — this time at the Cooper Design Space. With over 25 different vintage dealers, stylists, online retailers and store owners on hand, you can create a beautiful and unique style that’s all your own.
1646 N. Cherokee Ave
Hollywood, CA 90028
An inspiration must-stop for major stylists, costume designers and fashion designers, owner and designer Joey Grana has curated a graceful and fashionably hip selection of newer vintage finds that are modern, contemporary and very wearable. With a current obsession for 90s French and English designers, Scout’s selection is dreamy to look at and it’s almost impossible to walk out empty handed. Joey is also co-curator of the ‘A Current Affair’ pop up vintage shop.
By Appointment Only
Alicia’s vintage and designer finds are a well edited selection of modern and contemporary designs including Marc Jacobs, Halston, Manolo Blahnik and her own line, Reclaimed in LA, that combines amazing contemporary design with fabrics taken from vintage clothing. You can schedule a personal wardrobe consultancy with Alicia where she will re-work your closet and restyle you like she does for her celebrity clientele, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Aniston and Gwen Stefani.
With a knack for finding vintage dresses from the 50s and 60s, mid-century, graphics and interesting details, Sandra Mendoz-Daly curates a selection of dresses, bags, shoes and structured pieces that are meant to be mixed with current modern styles and create your own personal edge. Now in her 5th year, Sandra advises to know your actual measurements when buying vintage, versus your size, since each piece, designer and era viewed sizing very differently.
Private Vintage Dealer
As co-curator of A Current Affair, Richard Wainwright is also a private dealer of fabulously delicious designer vintage accessories including: costume jewelry, sunglasses, footwear, belts, scarves and handbags. Richard offers his selections to the public at vintage shows and pop ups around the city. Richard also curates custom vintage collections for stores like Scout, Weltenbuerger, Library and Ivy Blue.
117 W. 9th St, Suite 804
Los Angeles, CA 90015
By Appointment Only
Designers and Vintage dealers Kris and Violet of VOK create one of a kind, unique pieces from vintage finds as well as sell an eclectic selection of important, high-end designers such as Chanel, Gucci, YSL, Dior, etc. Seeking inspiration, designers flock to VOK while stylists snag cool finds for their clients. These ladies know how to put it together and keep you looking funky, fashionable and hip.
With a vast array of big, bold statement pieces from coveted vintage costume jewelry designers such as Hattie Carnegie, VRBA and Sacha Brastoff, Laird specializes in deco, Czech and specialty pieces. You can drool over her collection of baubles and bangles at vintage shows such as the Santa Monica outdoor Antique & Collectible Market, The Vintage Clothing & Textile Show at The Pickwick Gardens in Burbank and of course, A Current Affair.
PO Box 2811
Beverly Hills, CA 90213
Jermel Nakia, owner of Nakia’s Vintashee, has a ‘Mad Men’ sophistication about him, which translates to his vintage finds. His selection of dresses, coats and jackets for women tells the story of the sophisticated classic — a woman who can be sexy without baring all. He doesn’t follow trends but looks for constructed pieces that will last a lifetime. You can schedule an appointment with him directly or find him at the Rose Bowl Flea Market every month in the Antiques section.
Mercy Vintage Now
4188 Piedmont Avenue
Oakland, CA 94611
With a penchant for prints ranging from leopard, geometric, florals and stripes, Mercy’s assortment spans all eras of fashion from the 20s through the 90s at affordable prices. The ladies behind Mercy Vintage, Karen and Jenny are super cool, laid back and have a fun, unique fashion perspective. Their goal is to help you set your own individual style by mixing and matching patterns, textures and colors together to create a look that’s unique.
With a new love for all things vintage, Donna Lombardo blogs about style, fashion and shopping at www.single-woman.tv.